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Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

Spicy Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

Have you ever tried to have a date night when you have a toddler? The stars need to align perfectly for all the ingredients to come together.

Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

  • Is said toddler healthy? Check.
  • Babysitter? Check.
  • Free night to have a date that lines up with sitter’s schedule? Check.
  • Does Mama have energy to dig through her closet to find something other than the yoga pants she’s been rocking for the last 4 days? Debatable, but check.
  • Is Venus in retrograde with a full moon on the horizon? Check.

    Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

    Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

So, the stars line up… and then something happens. The babysitter cancels. Then the toddler gets sick. There’s a freak storm and then the next 6 months of evenings or weekends are busy. And there goes date night, right down the drain.

Such is life with a toddler.

Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

So instead of going out to dinner on dates, sometimes, we do date nights at home after Goose goes to bed. We make fancy food, and drink some wine, and light some candles. It’s fun.

And I don’t have to change out of my standard yoga pants most of the time. How’s that for the way to a mama’s heart? Good stuff, right?

Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

One of our favorite date night foods is shrimp scampi. Now I’ll tell you, back in our dating days, we’d been burned by some pretty tasteless scampi. We often visited the beach town where we got married. On one visit, we ate at a particularly unfortunate Italian restaurant. As he often does, my husband ordered shrimp scampi. Of course, he was expecting buttery, garlicky goodness. Because that’s what shrimp scampi should be.

Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

This was not. It was tiny little shrimp over pasta that tasted a lot like Cup o Noodle soup. So sad.

That shrimp scampi was so disappointing, that now, years later we still talk about it. And whenever we make shrimp scampi at home, we make sure to make it with tons of flavor. Really, would you expect anything else out of us given how much this whole family love spicy food (buffalo wings, buffalo chicken burgers, spicy eggs…)?

Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

So this chipotle shrimp scampi of course is loaded with flavor and a twist. Garlic, lemon, butter, white wine, and Parmesan cheese all get cozy with a chipolte pepper. All the classic flavors are there making it the yummy classic you know and love and the chipotle pepper adds a touch of background spice and smoke. Plus, we keep it gluten free with gluten free pasta. You don’t have to, of course, but it is a huge bonus here.

Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

It is so good that we will be talking about this chipotle shrimp scampi just as long as we have been talking about the disappointing Cup o Noodle soup scampi.

Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

Chipotle Shrimp Scampi

Almost as good as a romantic night at home, eating this dinner on the couch watching Netflix in yoga pants with the love of my life in his pjs next to me.

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Chipolte Shrimp Scampi

Spicy Chipolte Shrimp Scampi


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 cup white or sherry wine
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed or minced
  • 12 small chipotle peppers
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound gluten free or regular pasta

Instructions

  1. Start pot boiling and follow directions on box to cook pasta, we used gluten free sphaghetti.
  2. Combine shrimp, seasonings, and wine in a medium bowl (you can marinade the shrimp for some time like this, or cook immediately).
  3. Squeeze juice out of lemon (tip: do this over a strainer to catch the seeds)
  4. Melt butter over medium heat.
  5. Add shrimp mixture to melted butter.
  6. Cook shrimp until pink and cooked through, about 4 minutes each side.
  7. With tongs or fork, remove shrimp when cooked leaving liquid in the pan.
  8. Turn heat up to medium high, stir frequently as liquid is reduced. This should take about 5 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to low medium.
  10. Add shrimp, Parmesan cheese, and pasta back into pan and stir until pasta is well coated with sauce.
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I can't even believe how good this looks! I showed it to my boyfriend and even he was like "wow, you should make that."

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This looks absolutely incredible! I need to make this!

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